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Okanagan Sun score 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in come-from-behind win

Sun perfect season intact

The Okanagan Sun didn't make it easy on themselves, but a fourth quarter rally keeps a perfect season alive.

Trailing throughout much of Sunday's contest in Kamloops, the Sun rallied with 20 unanswered points in the final quarter in a come-from-behind 41-24 win over the Broncos.

The win moves the Sun to 9-0 and eliminates the Broncos from any chance of securing a playoff berth.

Trailing 24-21 entering the final quarter, Dominic Britton engineered touchdown drives on back-to-back possessions early in the fourth.

Britton hooked up with Mike O'Shea on a 37 yard strike a minute in, then connected with Blaise Beauchemin from 18 yards out the put the Sun ahead 35-24.

A pair of field goals late in the quarter sealed the 41-24 victory.

Turnovers were the thorn in the side of the Sun in the opening half, leading to all 17 Bronco points.

Evan Guizzo hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass after a muffed punt return gave the Broncos the ball deep inside Sun territory.

They made it 10-0 on a Cohen Freeze field goal following the first of two Britton interceptions.

Leading 10-7 in the final moments of the half, Scott Poelzer ran a Britton interception back 44 yards to put the Broncos up 17-7.

With 23 seconds left and the ball at their own 50, Britton hit a wide open Beauchemin down the right sideline for a 60 yard touchdown.

The teams traded touchdowns in the third before the Sun ran away and hid in the fourth.

Britton also hit Farrell Yakam Kenfack for a 16 yard major while Jevan Garwood ran in from three yards out for the other.

The Sun will close out the regular season next Saturday in Prince George.

The first round playoff match ups were also determined on the weekend. Langley's win over the Prince George Kodiaks mean the Rams will face the Sun in one semi, while the Westshore Rebels and Valley Huskers face off in the other.



Road to the BCFC championship will travel through the Apple Bowl

Sun clinch BCFC title

For the first time since 2018, the Okanagan Sun have secured top spot in the BC Football Conference, and for the first time since 2015, have a chance to secure a perfect regular season.

The Sun clinched the regular season title in convincing fashion Saturday, improving to 8-0 with a 42-10 dismantling of the reigning national champion Langley Rams.

"It means everything," said head coach Travis Miller of clinching the regular season title.

"This is the team that has ended our season the last three years, and to have the opportunity to put up a number of points on them is always a special moment for this organization.

'They are a classy organization and they have some good coaches and players, but there is always that rivalry and it's always good to come out on that other side."

While the Sun clinched a league title, the loss drops the Rams to 4-5, almost assuring them of another trip to the Okanagan in the opening round of the playoffs.

"That's a big thing for us, making sure we got the win today and that they have to think about it for the next three weeks until they come back to Kelowna."

The Sun did most of their damage on the ground, thanks mainly to leading rusher Jevan Garwood. The league's number two rusher shredded the Rams defence for 164 yards on just11 carries.

The first of those, after the Sun elected to take the ball on the 35 following a conceded safety, went for 75 yards and the first of his two majors on the days.

"He's picked up where Malcolm Miller left off last year, and is carrying this offence when we need him the most.

"It's nice having him and all of our receivers and quarterback as they really work well together."

Miller said the touchdown run, that put the Sun up 9-0 was a simple zone play that worked the way it was drawn up.

After the teams traded safeties, Dominic Britton went to work.

Two plays after a two yard punt gave the Sun the ball on the Rams 46, Britton hit Noah Bymak with a 13-yard strike.

He hooked up with Mike O'Shea from 16 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to put the Sun up 25-2.

The score came immediately after Romereo Reid pounced on a fumble at the Rams 16.

Liam Attwood put the Sun up by 26 with a 22 yard field goal before the half ended, then it was the offences turn again early in the third.

An Isaac Matity interception set the offence up at the Rams 15. Two plays later, Garwood capped off the drive with a one-yard plunge.

Tristan Peddle closed out the Sun scoring with a one-yard run, after he was denied following a 23-yard scamper the play before.

With the Sun starters on the bench, the Rams moved the ball in the final quarter, scoring one touchdown to make the final score a little more respectable.

After failing to create any turnovers in a 20-7 win over the Rams earlier in the season, the defence was at its ball-hawking best Saturday, led by Garret Cape's two interceptions.

"People haven't been testing him all year and they finally took some shots in his direction, and he made some plays on balls each time he had the opportunity," said Miller.

The Sun will close out the season on the road in Kamloops and Prince George before hosting one of two BCFC semi finals Oct. 15.



Okanagan Sun look to sow up regular season title Saturday at the Apple Bowl

Sun can clinch BCFC title

There's never a dull moment when the Okanagan Sun and Langley Rams meet on the gridiron.

Regardless of where they are in the standings, a meting between these storied rivals always seems to bring out the best in both.

There will be a lot on the line when the two teams meet Saturday at the Apple Bowl in the final regular season home game for the Sun.

The 7-0 Sun can clinch the BCFC regular season title and home field advantage throughout the league playoffs while at the same time delivering a blow to the Rams chances of moving up in the standings.

The reigning national champions come into the game an even 4-4 on the season but, after a terrible start, have salvaged their season winning four of their last five.

A Sun win would not only clinch the regular season title, but almost assuredly set up a first round playoff showdown between the two clubs.

After starting the season 0-3, the Rams have turned the ship around, outscoring the opposition by 60 over the last five.

The Sun meantime have scored 30 or more in six of their seven games, only failing to do so in a week two 20-7 win in Langley.

The difference in that game was the arm of Dominic Britton, who completed 16 of 29 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.

Neither team committed a turnover in that game.

Saturday's home finale is also the first ever Burn Fund Classic.

Fire departments from Kelowna and West Kelowna have teamed up with the Sun to raise money for the Burn Fund.

Proceeds from every ticket sold will go to the fund, with those donations matched dollar-for-dollar by the Stober Group.

The Burn Fund provides life saving, life supporting and life enriching services to burn survivors young and old.



Okanagan Sun improve to 7-0 with blowout win over Valley Huskers

Sun run wild on Huskers

The Okanagan Sun utilized their running and short passing games to near perfection in a dominating 49-7 dismantling of the Valley Huskers Saturday at the Apple Bowl.

The Sun ran the ball 36 times, racking up 287 yards in the process, just shy of eight yards a carry on the afternoon in an impressive ground and pound display not seen this season.

Much of the depth chart got into the act, led by lead back Jevon Garwood who torched the Huskers for 95 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries, highlighted by a 58-yard run to daylight on the first play of their second drive of the opening quarter.

It was his second touchdown of the first quarter. Quarterback Dominic Britton surgically marched the Sun 68 yards in nine plays, capped off by Garwood's four-yard scamper.

Early in the third quarter already up 21-0, Nathan Tonogai gave the offence great field position, returning a short punt 39 yards to the Huskers three. Garwood found the end zone on the next play.

Aidan Wiberg and Tristen Peddle also got into the act as the Sun emptied their bench throughout much of the second half with the game fairly well in hand.

Wiberg barreled his way in from a yard out, part of his seven carry, 57-yartd outing, while Peddle carried eight times for 54 yards, highlighted by a 22-yard touchdown scamper.

"We know how good our run game is, how positive it's been. We've been trying to use out pass game to set up the run game, and tonight we went back to our roots and we dominated on the ground," said head coach Travis Miller.

Miller gave a lot of the credit for the success of both the ground game and the short passing game to the hogs upfront on the offensive line.

"Our o-line from the ground up has been rebuilt this year,all brand new starters across the board.

"The put in a ton of work, and they're really, really good guys but they're also mean and nasty boys. They put in the grind and it shows in the scores."

Britton completed 14 of his 18 throws for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Noah Bymak ,including a 47-yard strike.

Bymak finished the night with five catches for 85 yards and the two scores. The first came moments after he inexplicably lost the handle while running across the middle, and fumbled the football away.

The defence forced three interceptions, including two from defensive back Kemarr Bishop. They also got to quarterback Josh Janssen five times, led by Romareo Reid and JJ Heaton, who collected two sacks apiece.

The Huskers lone score came on a 50-yard strike from Janssen to Dhag Mora. The two hooked up on another long touchdown strike that was called back for offensive offside.

The Sun defence held the Huskers to 230 yards of total offence, compared with 480 gained by the Sun.

The 7-0 Sun can officially lock up top spot in the BCFC with a win next Saturday against the 4-4 Langley Rams.

Saturday's contest at the Apple Bowl, the final regular season home game for the Sun, could also serve as a first round playoff preview.



Okanagan Sun came back from a 15-point hole to edge past the Westshore Rebels

Sun roar back, stay perfect

The Okanagan Sun have been front runners over the first half of the BC Football Conference season in piling up a perfect 5-0 record.

Saturday, they showed they could claw their way back from a deep, early hole to win on the road.

The Sun trailed for the first three quarters before mounting a fourth quarter comeback to edge out the hometown Westshore Rebels 34-31.

The Rebels Jumped on the Sun early. Quarterback Tim Jessie marched them the length of the field on the opening drive, capping it off with a touchdown strike to Cairo Berry.

After a mishandled snap on a punt put the Rebels at the Sun 28, Jessie wasted little time finding the end zone, connecting with league-leading receiver Kieran Poissant.

The Sun got on the board on their next possession with Dom Britton, who sat out the last game with a minor injury, hit Noah Bymak for a long touchdown, but the Rebels came right back when Jessie connected with Poissant for his second major of the half to put the Rebels up 21-6.

The Sun got a much needed boost near the end of the half when Colby Milleto made a spectacular catch to cut the deficit to 21-13 at the half.

The defence, which has a hard time handing the Rebels in the first half, turned things around over the final 30 minutes.

They blocked a field goal early in the third quarter, they got a key turnover when Tyler Going intercepted Jessie, and they finally put pressure on the Rebels quarterback. Defensive end Kelon Thomas recorded three sacks on his own.

The momentum also sparked the offence. Javon Garwood scampered in to cut the deficit to 24-20 heading into the final quarter.

The Sun took their first lead in the fourth quarter when Britton and Mike O'Shea hooked up to give the visitors a 27-24 lead. They extended it to 10 on their next possession, when Britton ran in himself.

The Rebels got a late touchdown to make the score close.

The Sun are now 6-0 on the season while the Rebels, who have lost both games to the Sun, fall into a second place tie with the Valley Huskers at 5-2.

The Huskers pulled into the tie with a 62-41 thumping of the VI Raiders while the Langley Rams improved to 3-4 with a 43-16 win in Prince George. They're a half game better than 2-4 Kamloops who were idle this weekend.

The Sun host the Huskers next weekend, looking for a win to all but clinch the BCFC regular season title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.



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